I’m Walking to End Lupus. Join Me?
Imagine a day when doctors can say, “There is a cure for lupus.” Until that day though, there is work to be done. That’s why I’m taking action in the fight against lupus. Join me as I participate in Lupus Foundation of America’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ in [city] to raise critical funds for the estimated 1.5 million people living with lupus in the United States.
Why do I walk in the, “Walk to End Lupus Now?” Because I walk the walk of Lupus every single day with my beautiful 45 year old daughter, Sabrina. I watch her struggle with such body pain that tears form in her eyes. I watch her drop anything she is holding in her hands because the sharp pains defeat her grip, even something as light as a writing pen. I watch her suffer with migraines, fatigue, sleepless nights, orthopedic-type pain, stomach issues, feet and ankles swelling so badly that it hurts to walk or even sit. Death tried his best to steal her from me last year with a blood clotting disorder associated with Lupus after major surgery...but he didn’t succeed! Why? Because my girl is such a fighter, an absolute warrior!!! She is tougher than anyone I have ever known in my life!! Being an awesome mother to her daughter and son is the essential fuel that picks her up and helps her take just one more step that she thought she couldn’t. She will not fail them. Failure isn’t even in their vocabulary when it comes to their mom! Just ask them, because they, too, know first-hand how very hard she struggles every day to give them the very best life she can!! As her mother I feel so guilty. Guilty that she is suffering and I cannot do one single thing to help her. Moma cannot kiss away the pain nor hold her in my lap and rock her to sleep as I did in her childhood when she was sick. Moma can’t help her buy her medications that are so expensive she must do without them for months at a time and suffer the awful consequences. I have begged god to take Lupus from her and give it to me...but he just wont!! My girl, however, does not want my nor anyone else’s pity for her Lupus. Instead she will continue to fight this life-robbing disease every single minute of every single day for the rest of her life. So again, why do I walk in the annual, “Walk to End Lupus Now?” Because as her mom, I will continue to lovingly walk this walk beside her, every single step of every single day for the rest of my life. She is my daughter...my Sabrina!!
Will you make a donation to help me reach my personal fundraising goal and support the Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus? A generous contribution of $25 or $55 can make a definite impact. What’s more, if your employer offers a Matching Gift Program to employees, you may be able to double your contribution with just a little bit of paperwork. Trust me, it’s worth the effort! Every single dollar counts.
Did you know?
- Lupus is a mysterious and misunderstood autoimmune disease. It strikes without warning, affects each person differently, and has no known causes or cure.
- Lupus symptoms can be severe and highly unpredictable and can damage any organ or tissue, from the skin or joints to the heart or kidneys.
- While lupus can strike anyone at any time, 90% of people living with lupus are women. Women of color are at especially high risk.
- Only one drug has ever been developed and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration specifically to treat the disease.
Together, we can solve the cruel mystery of lupus. Thank you for your generosity!